Print Comment

Madonna 'devastated' after stage accident kills two crew members in France

Enlarge

The planned show, which has now been cancelled, was part of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet world tour
 Photo: © Getty Images

Enlarge

Workers had been setting up the stage in Marseilles when the partially completed roof fell in, bringing down a crane. "I am devastated to have just received this tragic news," said Madonna, after being told of the incident and the first death. A second man later died of his injuries in hospital
 Photo: © PA

17 JULY 2009

Two people have died and at least six people were injured following the collapse of a stage which was being constructed for a Madonna concert in France.

The Material Girl expressed her shock and sadness after being told of the incident and the first death, believed to be a French man. A second worker, thought to be a Briton, later died in hospital.

"I am devastated to have just received this tragic news," said the 50-year-old singer, who was in Italy at the time. "My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families, along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heart-breaking news."

Workers had been setting up the stage at the Velodrome stadium in Marseilles when the partially completed roof fell in, bringing down a crane with it. About a dozen of the 50 technicians who were putting up the set were underneath the roof when it came down.

Firemen said the accident happened when the roof of the stage became unbalanced as it was being lifted by four cranes, toppling one of them. 

The concert, which was part of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour and was scheduled for Sunday, has been cancelled.

Share:

Add comment

Please type the characters that appear on the image in order to send your comment:



  • Please note, all comments are those of readers and do not represent the opinion of Hellomagazine.com
  • Hellomagazine.com reserves the right to remove comments it considers offensive or not relevant
  • Please focus on the topic